LUXOS Travel Guide: Frieze London

As London's biggest contemporary art carnival hits its 12th year, we bring you to low-down who to see, where to eat and what to do in London.

by 03 October 2014

Frieze London is the UK's most important fair for contemporary art. Now in its 11th year the city will welcome over 60,000 visitors to the Regent's Park tent between 15-18th October. In acknowledgement of this significant event, the capital's art institutions are launching some of their most important shows for the year. Below is a short-list of our favourites.

Malevic: Russian modernist master, known best for his bold abstractions – aka Constructions – completely abandoning the pictorial realm, arguably, before Picasso. See Malevic's emblamatic "Black square" piece which replaced the supremacy of religious iconography and heralded in a new aesthetic, with a focus on form. Catch the show before it closes - at the Tate Modern.

Horst: One of the most famous photographers to celebrate fashion and the female form, this Horst retrospective highlights just how important – indeed, seminal – his work was in elevating photography to an art form. His work has influenced contemporary artists, from Madonna to David La Chapelle at The Victoria & Albert Museum.

Turner Prize: One of the most controversial art awards in the world, the Turner prize never fails to surprise and impress. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because this year, there are three – count them, three – video artists, and an artist specialising in prints. See if you can identify the likely winner.

Gerhard Richter: Richter's first gallery exhibition in London for nearly two decades will consist of over 40 works, with important new 'Strip', 'Flow' and 'Doppelgrau' paintings, a large glass sculpture and a selection of key earlier pieces. The show will inaugurate New York gallerist Marian Goodman's inaugural entry into the London art scene.

Cerith Wyn Evans: Whatever the weather who can resist a walk though London's beautiful Hyde Park? A visit to the Serpentine to soak in Ceritz Wyn Evans' literally brilliant show, full of lights and sound, is bound to impress. A coffee or Chablis at the new Zaha Hadid designed restaurant will cap the day off nicely.

Muriel Maxwell American Vogue 1939 © Conde Naste/Horst EstateMuriel Maxwell American Vogue 1939 © Conde Naste/Horst Estate

Where to eat: 

Naturally, while in London you will wish to sample some of Europe's best fusion restaurants. For those not up with the culinary zeitgeist of fusion dining, different cultural cuisines are merged together in the same dish, often small appetizers, they combine various cookery forms and traditional dishes. Here is the latest update on what's hot (and what's not) in the capital's dining scene:

Before you book that table at Nobu, think twice! Both of Nobu's famous venues have been stripped of their Michelin-star status. So what are the new hot restaurants?

Chiltern Firehouse: This former fire station turned restaurant is so hot now, it's practically aflame. Andre Balzsas (of Chateau Marmont in LA and the Mercer Hotel in New York's) opened this new-ish venue nearly one year ago and the celebrities cant get enough. Whats the rage? The venue itself is simple and chic, but the real draw is the creative twist on European classics, such as crab doughnuts which have to be tried. Perhaps even twice. Marylebone.

Read More: 5 Reasons Why Chiltern Firehouse is the Hottest Place in Town

Coya: The Peruvian invasion in London is not a new wave, but we always love the scene at Piccadilly's Coya. Well that, and the amazing food. The portions are small and hence imminently shareable. Surprisingly, once the dishes arrive, one looses the desire to share. It's that good.

188 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW. Tel (+44) 207042 7118

Trishna: Indian cuisine is usually saddled with connotations of small, kitsch family restaurants...by contrast, Trishna is modern, sleek, contemporary and cool. Oh, it also earned a Michelin star in 2013. Conveniently located in Marylebone, near Regents Park (Frieze).

15 -17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, London, W1U 3DG. Tel: (+44) 020 7935 5624

Berner's Tavern: Voted one of London's sexiest restaurants, the grandeur of the setting and the palpable charge from the patrons (not to mention the outstanding cocktails) make this an excellent destination for any occasion. Hosted in Ian Schrager's beautifully renovated Edition hotel, in the heart of Soho, we are not surprised. 

The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners St, London W1T 3LF. Tel: (+44) 20 7908 7979

Piccola Cucina: This tiny trattoria is all of one week old and already we can tell it will be a big star. We at Luxos know a thing or two about Italian cuisine, and so compliment the chef's from breaking away from the tired staples at so many of Notting Hill's classic Italian eateries. 

184a Kensington Park Rd, W11 2ES

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The Ledbury: A more formal alternative in Notting Hill is the Ledbury, an elegant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood flea and fashion markets. The restaurant boasts a Michelin star – and a fabulous champagne brunch. Notting Hill.

127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ. Tel: (+44) 020 7792 9090

Monocle Café: Fans of Tyler Brulé's Monocle empire will love his new café, with its blonde wood counters and Swedish pastries...you will feel at home, in design heaven. In Marylebone, close to Frieze.

18 Chiltern St, London W1U 7QA. Tel: (+44) 020 7135 2040

Nopi: Part of the vibrant Ottolenghi catering group, but unlike the chic neighbourhood gourmet deli chain, Nopi is slightly different and that's a good thing. Nopi is more formal, hip and urbane – making it a great stop after a long walk through Soho, or a dinner destination pre-theatre or...whatever. Any excuse will do.

21-22 Warwick St, London, W1B 5NE. Tel: 020 7494 9584

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